main dish, pasta

Bacon Carbonara

This dish was a step up from your regular ol’ spagetti or alfredo from a jar pasta dish. But it totally a good week day meal. The sauce is creamy and extra delicious! I didn’t add any chicken to mine, but I am sure it would be great with it too! Bacon Carbonara 1/2 pound bacon 1 small onion, diced 4 mushrooms sliced 1/2 pound pasta sauce: 4 eggs 1/2 cup cream 2/3 cup parmesan (plus extra to sprinkle on top!) 1 teaspoon died parsley 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1/2 teaspoon Red Pepper flakes (be very careful with …

beans, sides, summertime

Baked Beans

This is my absolutely favorite thing to bring (and eat) at a BBQ, I can honestly eat a whole plate of these. And I do sometimes instead of eating a hamburger or steak. They are that good! Try them for your next BBQ!   Baked Beans 1 large can pork and beans (up to 52 ounces if you are feeding a crowd) 1 can kidney beans, drained (15 ounces) 1 can butter beans, drained (15 ounces) 1/2 lb bacon, cooked and diced 1 medium onion, chopped 1 lb hamburger or smoked sausage (13 ounces) 1/2 lb. brown sugar 1/2 cup …

freezer, pasta, sides, summertime

The BEST Macaroni & Cheese

 are you wondering how to make Patti Labelle macaroni and cheese Oprah Winfrey talked about her favorite things. One of them was Patti Labelle Macaroni. It is Oprahs favorite things and Oprahs favorite food. There is just something about Homemade Macaroni and Cheese! First of all, this recipe pleases both children and adults! Which in my book is worth twice as much as just a good recipe that only adults enjoy! My 2 little boys eat a full plate of this in a matter of minutes! We love it around here and I am sure you will too! **This recipe …

breakfast, dessert, fruit

Crepe trio

Crepes aren’t our usual Saturday or Sunday morning breakfast. Usually its french toast or pancakes. But these happen on occasion (usually when we have had breakfast for supper that week) and I love them! Fun and Classy!     Crepe Trio Crepe Batter 1 cup flour pinch of salt 3 eggs 1 to 1 1/3 cups milk 2 Tablespoons melted butter   Combine ingredients in blender and blend until smooth and lump free. Let sit for a few minutes. Add more milk if the batter isnt really thin. (like the consisency of light cream), This can be made ahead up …

chicken, chinese, dinner

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe Tonights dinner? Sweet and sour chicken! Do you want to learn how to make the yummiest homemade Chinese food? There is only a few simple easy steps.  If you’re looking for other homemade Chinese food recipes, I have several of my favorites in my latest cookbook, Making Messes with Scarlett! My husband is a fan of sweet and sour chicken so I thought I would try this recipe. It was a huge hit in our house and even the boys ate tons of it! Definitely a keeper for an easy go to dinner meal. This …

dessert, shower food, summertime

Sand Bakkles

These are one of my all time favorite desserts! I am a tart and sugar cookie kind of gal! These are a little time consuming, but the presentation is amazing! They are perfect for any special occasion or baby shower!   The tart shells can be found at specialty cooking stores. In Arizona there is a place called Shars that carries alot of Bosch items and they have these there. For those of you not in Arizona they sell them at Williams Sonoma here is just one of the options they carry.   Sand Bakkles recipe by: Elizabeth Banks Shell: …


Hot Fudge

Hot Fudge recipe by Elizabeth Banks 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup flour 2 Tablespoons cocoa 1 cup evaporated milk 1/2 cube butter Mix sugar, flour, and cocoa together and add the milk and butter. Put in pan and cook until thick; stiring constantly. If there are any lumps you can put it in the blender for 30 seconds. Sauce will thicken when you return it to the stove.

cookies, dessert

My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

This is my go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe! I know everyone likes their chocolate chip cookies a different way but I love the course sea salt in the recipe and the flavor that it gives these cookies! Give it a try!   And if you are looking for a fun dessert put the dough in some ramakins (fill 3/4’s full). I also like to buy the small tin foil (to-go) containers and do it in them.     Add a scoop of ice cream   And some hot fudge for the chocolate lovers!       AND ENJOY!     …

dessert, easy, summertime, treats

Cake Batter Rice Krispie Treats

Growing up my mom didn’t make rice krispies treats that often. I’m not exactly sure why…she was the more gourmet treat or frosted sugar cookie kind of mom! And I didn’t mind one bit! And I still don’t mind!     My neighbor across the street always makes rice krispies! Extra Butter, Extra Marshmallows with M & M’s in them! She would bring me a plate and I would eat it all by myself after the boys were in bed!     So when I came across cake batter rice crispy treats I knew I had to do one …

holiday, sides, vegetable

Twiced Baked Mashed Potatoes

This is my go-to mashed potatoes recipe. Its simple, easy, and delicious! First you peel and boil the potatoes After they are done I strain the water and place the HOT potatoes in my bosch.   Add butter, sour cream, cream cheese, salt, and pepper   Add milk if it is too thick   Continue to mix until at the right consistency (small peaks form) Place potatoes in a buttered 9×13 dish. Add about a Tablespoon of butter on top with more salt and pepper Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes   Enjoy!   Twiced Baked Mashed Potatoes   …